Chancellor Thomas K. Harden honored four individuals by presenting them with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, before an audience of nearly 5,000 at the Kress Events Center. Those honored were Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers. The citation that Harden read for the Liebs referred to the longtime Phuture Phoenix supporters as people who “exemplify the best attributes of a caring community.”
Chancellor Thomas K. Harden has selected four individuals to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the institution. The awards will be made at commencement, 11:30 a.m. Saturday (May 17) at the Kress Events Center. This year’s honorees:
• Mike Kline is a 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay who has served his alma mater and community for three decades as employee, volunteer and advocate. Chancellor Harden says he wanted to honor Kline, the first active employee in school history to receive the Chancellor’s Award, for his tireless energy and “absolute devotion to this University and to our students. He is wonderful ambassador and recruiter for UW-Green Bay.” Kline is entering his 28th season as Phoenix cross-country coach; in 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams.
• Janet and Charlie Lieb have been dedicated, hands-on difference makers for UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program. The Liebs were among the first community volunteers to sign on in support, have helped expand offerings into area middle and high schools, and have endowed the Janet and Charles Lieb Phuture Phoenix Scholarship. Both Janet, a 1993 UW-Green Bay grad, and Charlie, longtime president of PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., and chairman of the Green Bay Packers Foundation committee, are active in support of a number of non-profits and community causes.
• Larry L. Weyers, the former CEO and president of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Integrys Energy Group, supported University initiatives including the construction of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall as a national showcase for energy efficiency. WPS organized the “Solar Olympics,” sponsored a solar research station on campus, and supported faculty and student research. Weyers and his wife, Lois, have supported the Phuture Phoenix pre-college program, Weidner Center revitalization and more.
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Chancellor Thomas K. Harden has selected four individuals to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, at May 2014 commencement in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the institution. They are Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers.
The awards will be made early in the program during the commencement ceremony that will begin at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday (May 17) at the Kress Events Center on campus.
• Mike Kline is a 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay who has served his alma mater and community for three decades as employee, volunteer and advocate. Chancellor Harden says he wanted to honor Kline, the first active employee in school history to receive the Chancellor’s Award, for his tireless energy and “absolute devotion to this University and to our students. He is a wonderful ambassador and recruiter for UW-Green Bay.”
Kline was a returning adult student when then-athletics director Dan Spielmann hired him as part-time coach of the Phoenix men’s and women’s cross country teams in 1987. Kline stayed on as coach after graduating with a triple major in Human Development, Psychology and Philosophy. This fall’s Phoenix cross country squad will be his 28th.
In 1999, Kline accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams. Supervising study tables, monitoring grades and counseling and cajoling those who need it, he’s helped the program achieve 30 consecutive semesters of cumulative grade point averages above 3.0, winning the respect of faculty and staff as well as other NCAA Division I programs.
• Janet and Charlie Lieb have been dedicated, hands-on difference makers for UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program. The initiative encourages local fifth-graders by providing campus tours and follow-up programming, pairing them with college-age mentors, and motivating them to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The Liebs were among the first community volunteers to sign on in support.
They continue to be dedicated volunteers, both during the annual Phuture Phoenix tour days on campus and in the offshoots and start-ups that have extended the program into area middle and high schools. Additionally, the Liebs endowed the Janet and Charles Lieb Phuture Phoenix Scholarship, which provides assistance for UW-Green Bay students who participated in the program as children.
Both Janet, a 1993 UW-Green Bay grad, and Charlie, longtime president of PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., and chairman of the Green Bay Packers Foundation committee, are active in support of a number of non-profits and community causes, including UW-Green Bay Athletics, but they make Phuture Phoenix a priority.
• Larry L. Weyers has distinguished himself as a strong supporter of UW-Green Bay and its students, whether as private citizen, generous community advocate or influential corporate executive.
When Weyers was CEO and president of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and, later, Integrys Energy Group, the regional utility WPS was among the first companies to earn the UW Regents’ Partnership Award for its work with UW-Green Bay. Weyers and WPS helped power University initiatives including the construction of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall as a national showcase for energy-efficient technology. WPS organized an annual “Solar Olympics” for local high schools and sponsored a solar research station on campus, and supported faculty and student research.
Weyers and his wife, Lois, have been active philanthropists, as well. From the Phuture Phoenix pre-college program to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, their interests have spanned a range of University activities and offerings. The couple made a major pledge in support of the revitalization of the Weidner Center and the objective of increasing the number of both local and touring productions. Larry Weyers has volunteered his time to assist major capital fundraising for the University.
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The Weidner Center Foyer was once again a perfect setting for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to celebrate research and scholarship on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. More than 120 guests joined with UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff at the Spring 2014 Donors Reception to engage with current students as they discussed both their research and, for the seniors, their plans for the future. The University used the occasion to congratulate Bob Southard on his 90th birthday. (See the 2012 feature recognizing Southard for his four decades of service to the University and Founders Association Board.) The gallery features a smiling Southard with his wife Martha (above), and all the guests enjoying this special annual event.
Terry Fulwiler had every reason to believe that a career in aerospace engineering would take him on an incredible life journey.
The native of Algoma, Wis., had a gift for math and a love of flying instilled by his father. The timing was right — the aerospace industry in the mid-1960s was booming. At 18, he graduated high school, packed up and left his small town for the University of Michigan in pursuit of a cool major and new horizons.
“NASA was putting men on the moon, and Boeing was building this thing called the Jumbo Jet. I chose aerospace because it was the hot thing,” Fulwiler recalls.
Over the next four years, however, prospects cooled. “By the time I graduated, they had put everyone on the moon, the 747s were designed, the Vietnam war ended, and many engineers were driving taxis,” he said.
With an impressive diploma in hand, Fulwiler returned to Algoma. His father, Ray, who employed six people in his small label company, gave Terry a job and a timeline — he could work there a few months while looking elsewhere. It didn’t take the younger man long to realize that his hometown, and his father’s company, were the place he was destined to be.
Terry and his brother Dan, a 1983 UW-Green Bay Science and Environmental Change graduate, helped their father grow the family business — Dan in market development, and Terry in business development. Wisconsin Label became WS Packaging Group, the largest label maker in the United States and the second largest in the world.
Terry became CEO when his father stepped down in 1986. By the time Terry retired, in 2011, the company boasted 2,000 plus employees in 18 locations across North America. It is Algoma’s largest employer, with nearly 50 percent of the city’s 3,000 residents reliant on WS Packaging.
“I found out I was better at growing business than designing rockets,” says Fulwiler, who in retirement makes full-time work of education, philanthropy, leadership and charity. He serves on more than 10 executive boards, including the Green Bay Packers. He has a passion for building vibrant communities through education, lending his time as an advocate for the Bellin College of Nursing and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and as a guest speaker at St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay.
Fulwiler has been beyond generous with UW-Green Bay — his “adopted home University.”
“My parents instilled in us that if you had an opportunity, you should give back,” he says. “Education is really important. As I was transitioning out of the business, I purposely was involved in many charitable activities. I am particularly interested in giving people a hand up and not a hand out, helping people who, with a little help, are able and willing to become successful and help others in return.”
At UW-Green Bay, Terry and his wife Kris have been longtime supports of Phoenix Athletics, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and, more recently, the Phuture Phoenix Program, which helps low-income students aspire to a college education.
After years of an annual contribution, the couple established the Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phoenix Scholarship, an endowed gift that will help local students achieve their goals.
“As soon as I was approached about this program, I thought, ‘this is exactly the cause that I am willing to support.’ By inspiring kids at this young impressionable age, and awarding them with a scholarship, we are helping to take someone who is in need and help them to break down the intimidation factor — the tall buildings and the lofty ideas — and help them to see that college is just a transitional opportunity to help them succeed in life. That is very worthwhile and rewarding.”
After all, sky-high expectations, for himself and the community he loves and serves, has always been a part of Fulwiler’s DNA.
Leadership Green Bay, a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the John M. and Meredith B. Rose Business Award to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the program’s annual awards breakfast and reunion Feb. 27, downtown.
Provost and Vice Chancellor Julia Wallace accepted on the institution’s behalf.
UW-Green Bay has a long history of supporting Leadership Green Bay, which since 1985 has been recruiting individuals to enroll in community-based leadership training. Each year, the program welcomes 45 committed candidates to the program. Those professionals gather once a month to learn about social issues and challenges facing the Green Bay area, get exposure to relevant leadership education and training skills, and become community stewards.
The citation for UW-Green Bay’s honor read, in part: “This year’s recipient, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has a long history of supporting the Leadership Green Bay program, and an even longer history of supporting the Greater Green Bay Community. For more than a decade, UW-Green Bay has annually sent one or more employees through the Leadership Green Bay program, and the university continues to support those individuals’ participation on Leadership Green By committees. In addition, UW-Green Bay has sponsored and hosted an Education Day event, and various chancellors and provosts have participated in the Education Day panel.”
The John M. & Meredith B. Rose Business Award is awarded to a company that exemplifies leadership within the community. The Roses were active on behalf of numerous community causes, from education and social services to conservation. John “Jake” Rose, a prominent banking industry executive, was the first recipient of UW-Green Bay’s top community award, the Chancellor’s Award, and Rose Hall on campus is named in his honor.
The University’s Leadership Green Bay award citation went to observe that, across the community, “It is difficult to find a board or community project that does not involve UW-Green Bay alumni or staff in leadership positions or other key roles. Green Bay is fortunate to have a university that understands that by giving back, it strengthens not only its own organization, but the entire community. UW-Green Bay embodies the five practices of exemplary leadership.”
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Packers President Mark Murphy got a standing ovation Friday night (Oct. 18) from an audience of 250 or more at the annual Chancellor’s Scholarship Dinner on stage at the Weidner Center. Murphy and Chancellor Tom Harden announced a major challenge gift from the Green Bay Packers Foundation to raise money for student scholarships at Green Bay’s hometown university. If other donors take advantage of the Packers dollar-for-dollar match to begin or grow their own scholarships, the final take will be an additional $500,000 for endowed scholarships. Lou LeCalsey, the UW-Green Bay Foundation president, served as emcee for the 13th annual dinner.
We included a photo and link in Friday’s edition of the weekly Log Extra, but for the benefit of those who subscribe only to the text-only daily newsletter…. There was a huge turnout Oct. 4 for the annual Chancellor’s Named Scholarship Reception, where student recipients meet major donors. A generous challenge gift this past year helped increase the overall endowment by more than $1 million, creating dozens of new scholarships. See gallery.
When Larry L. Weyers ran Wisconsin Public Service Corp., the regional utility was among the first companies to earn the UW Regents’ Partnership Award for its work with UW-Green Bay. Continue reading “The Weyers: Longtime partners with UW-Green Bay”